Experiencing the ancient craft of felt making people will be connected with the town’s historical wool industry. A professional felt maker will take people through the steps of turning fleece into beautiful felt designs. Felt panels, akin to the panels in the screen, will be made to share with the town.



Comments From Felting Workshop held at Newton Abbot Town Hall on 11 November 2011:
“An opportunity to learn an ancient craft associated with our town. Inspirational, satisfying, surprising (to find I could do it).
"An enjoyable process combining the creative and physical with a chance to talk over Newton’s history with friends and strangers. Many thanks”
“It is a wonderful thing to be involved with. I had no idea how to make felt. Fluffy wisps of wool evolve into wall hangings of bright swirls and curls. Community spirit and togetherness”
“Working creatively in a group with such a satisfying and beautiful end product was a real joy. Huge thanks to Felicity and Carol”
“A good experience working as a group and finishing with a lovely felt panel project. Thank you”
“Privilege to be part of a community group”
“Absolutely amazing. Learnt a new skill and what an inspiring teacher Carol is. The joint end product is awesome. Thanks you so much”
Feltmaker Carol Timms has worked with two groups to explore the world of felt making
Children from Wolborough School worked with Carol and mentee Emily Swann in November and December 2011 and created beautiful felted panels using locally-sourced fleece. The children started their work with a visit the museum to learn about the Sandford Orleigh Screen. They then used the fleece to create their own designs that were felted by the children into a beautiful wall hanging which is currently on show in the school. Thanks to all of the children who took part and to the teaching staff for their support with the work. The children had a wonderful time!
Carol and Emily also worked with volunteers and friends of the Museum to share feltmaking techniques. The group were inspired by the designs within the screen to create their own, 21st century felt panels. Carol sourced locally produced fleece some of which is coloured in a range of browns that reflect the colours of the screen itself whilst some of the fleece was dyed using natural materials creating a stunning palette for people to choose from. Carol helped participants to learn the craft of feltmaking to create their own reflections of the screen. Some of the work includes dolphins and sheep and birds as in the panel itself, whilst other felt creations evoke the swirls, spirals and beads that are carved into the wood. After the volunteers and friends
The individual panels created by the group have been laid out and felted to form two group felted wall hangings. We have uploaded the first stage photos to the gallery here on the website. Have a look at the stunning creations that our museum volunteers and friends have made. Well done ladies! beautiful work. We will upload more photos soon.